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Welcome to Memberful Design. This episode was originally recorded for our Dutch-language, podcast, Verwondering, and re-released here for our international audience.

This is an international edition of Memberful Design, recorded in English. Our guest is the Chinese-American author and curator Aric Chen. He’s the new general and artistic director of Het Nieuwe Instituut, that weirdly intriguing place for design and digital culture, with one of the largest architecture archives in the world.

As globalization brought us a climate crisis that we’re just now beginning to fully understand, we find ourselves with a globe that isn’t the borderless adventure land we once hoped it would be. In this episode, Chen shares his belief that manifestos are part of how we got into the mess that we're in. He shares his passionate plea for experimentation in design.